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house Bill H.R. 676

Should the U.S. Remain in NATO & Work With Allies to Improve Their Defense Capabilities?

Argument in favor

The NATO alliance is the most successful military alliance in history between peacefully bringing about the Soviet Union’s downfall and its ongoing efforts to fight terrorism and deter a resurgent Russia. Congress should go on record as expressing America’s commitment to NATO in light of a rumored withdrawal from the alliance.

Gale's Opinion
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01/20/2019
NATO is critical to our security and the idea of quitting is crazy. The notion that the US has somehow been cheated by NATO is dead wrong. The US spends what we think is necessary to protect our interests. NATO countries do not contribute to some common fund. Each country spends on their own military. We would like them to spend more, but no one owes us a dime. Further, the only time NATO's mutual defense pact has actually been invoked was in support of the US after 9/11. In other words, other countries spent their military dollars and lives to back us up, not the other way around. Only a fool would fail to recognize the benefit of having strong allies - which tells you what I think of Trump. People need to wake up and realize that quitting NATO would be Trump fulfilling Russia's deepest desire at the expense of our national security.
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Jerry's Opinion
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01/22/2019
NATO is vitally important to world security. There would be a huge list of concerns if the US was to back out of NATO. It would fracture alliances with our allies and benefit Russia.
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Barbara's Opinion
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01/22/2019
Of course we should stand with the post-war allies that we have had for seventy years, this is a ridiculous question!
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Argument opposed

While the NATO alliance has been invaluable, it may not be so worthwhile in the future if allies don’t meet their defense spending obligations and the U.S. should consider leaving if that continues to the case. There also isn’t a genuine effort to leave NATO underway, so this bill is more about messaging than policy.

Donald's Opinion
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01/20/2019
NATO has been a U.S. money pit. The need for NATO is no longer in the U.S. interest. The U.S. is NOT the world's police force. It is time to end the financial hemorage
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Reece's Opinion
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01/23/2019
We cannot and should not be policing the world.
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Joe's Opinion
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01/22/2019
Europe is content with destroying itself from within. There is nothing the United States can do to stop the tidal wave of stupidity.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed January 22nd, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 357 Yea / 22 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 17th, 2019

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    NATO is critical to our security and the idea of quitting is crazy. The notion that the US has somehow been cheated by NATO is dead wrong. The US spends what we think is necessary to protect our interests. NATO countries do not contribute to some common fund. Each country spends on their own military. We would like them to spend more, but no one owes us a dime. Further, the only time NATO's mutual defense pact has actually been invoked was in support of the US after 9/11. In other words, other countries spent their military dollars and lives to back us up, not the other way around. Only a fool would fail to recognize the benefit of having strong allies - which tells you what I think of Trump. People need to wake up and realize that quitting NATO would be Trump fulfilling Russia's deepest desire at the expense of our national security.
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    NATO has been a U.S. money pit. The need for NATO is no longer in the U.S. interest. The U.S. is NOT the world's police force. It is time to end the financial hemorage
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    NATO is vitally important to world security. There would be a huge list of concerns if the US was to back out of NATO. It would fracture alliances with our allies and benefit Russia.
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    Of course we should stand with the post-war allies that we have had for seventy years, this is a ridiculous question!
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    Why is this a question?
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    Our participation in NATO is essential to the safety of our country, and to that of the world as a whole. Personally speaking, I would like to see NATO form a task force led by our country to end the use of war as a tactic for generating income! I believe our country has actually become the chief contributor to this, and needs to lead the way out of this destructive and ineffective means of addressing global challenges! The use of weapons against other countries should be a last resort and require actual aggression by a country toward a NATO member! As long as the US continues to make aggression with weapons of destruction it’s go-to solution for the internal conflicts of non-NATO countries, we can not be effective in changing the dynamics that resulted in the Cold War. Defensive engagement for the protection of NATO members should dominate. Only when aggression by non-NATO countries threatens a NATO member should our soldiers be committed to a battlefield. They should be appropriately funded and readiness should be an ongoing priority, but diplomacy must be fully exhausted before aggression is employed. The President should consider the views of Congress and the Senate (Advise and Consent) in any such decisions.
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    Absolutely we need to stand with our allies
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    Putin is getting what he paid for... His stooge Trump is destabilizing the West for him.
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    NATO is an important component of our global strategy. We need to bring stability back by making it clear that the moves by Trump and Putin to undermine the alliance will not continue.
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    Yes contrary to what Trump thinks.
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    NATO is critical to our security, and only a Putin Puppet would even suggest we withdraw. Russia continues to be aggres
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    NATO is a success story. Created after WWII, its members have kept the peace in Europe by pledging to jointly defend any member country invaded or attacked by a non-member state. The military might of the US has contributed significantly to this pledge. It would embolden enemies if the US was to withdraw from NATO, just as a cost-saving measure. We should strengthen our traditional alliances, not weaken them.
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    U.S. MUST Remain in NATO & Work With Allies to Improve Their Defense Capabilities🗽
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    YES YES YES! The only one who wants us out of NATO is Putin and other countries that are dictatorships
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    Yes, the US should remain in NATO. It’s not always about money. Leaving threatens worldwide stability and achieves another huge win for Putin.
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    The President has expressed a desire to leave NATO. Republicans should be speaking to him about this.
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    The reason this is a question is because Trump has signaled to the world that this has not been a “good deal” for the US. He believes (wrongly) that there is a bill (like rent) that nations need to pay or we end up footing it. Nations do not spend a large percentage of their wealth on defense because they spend on human needs like universal healthcare and education and infrastructure for their citizens. We need to stay IN NATO and get Trump and his corrupt cabinet OUT of government.
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    Yes absolutely we should stay in the organization that we (America) created and to suggest otherwise is foolhardy, ignorant, and asinine. We created the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) after WWII to protect and stabilize Europe against Russian ambition, adventurism, and their destructive dictatorial tendencies. Little has changed since then unless your view is blocked by ambition and greed for a mega hotel and money laundering with Putin.
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    NATO gives the US allies who have proven a willingness to come to the defense of members threaten by Russia. Russia has forcibly taken Crimean Peninsular from the Ukraine and threaten Poland. NATO serves as strong defense against Russian threats to Eastern Europe. NATO has also assisted the US in Afghanistan.
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    Now this is one of the dumbest questions I’ve heard as a Vet! But like they said in the Army? The Only Dumb Question is the Question that is Never Asked! Not only NATO but most members of it are close friends and allies of the Inited States! Which means You Got My Back and I Got Yours! Actually France is our oldest European ally as they had our back in our own revolution! We made peace with Britain and became friendly probably sometime after the War of 1812 and It still took a little time! As for many others like Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway,Denmark and especially now Eastern European countries that were formerly members of the Soviet Block or Warsaw Pact especially Poland and Czech Republic! We must maintain a strong military alliance not only with NATO as a whole but as we are friends, do trade with each individual Republic/ Monarchy this must remain strong! There is too much at stake on the world stage! Too many players that want to do damage to free nations and their people!
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